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April 15, 2009

An Edible Education

A healthy education can only take root in healthy soil. Just ask Alice Waters. She founded the Edible Schoolyard, a nonprofit program at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California. Students attending this public school take classes in the Edible Schoolyard's one-acre organic garden and kitchen-classroom. Planting, harvesting, preparing, and eating seasonal food are integrated into the academic curriculum.

In her essay Slow Food, Slow Schools, Waters explains, "What we are calling for is a revolution in public education -- a real Delicious Revolution. When the hearts and minds of our children are captured by a school lunch curriculum, enriched with experience in the garden, sustainability will become the lens through which they see the world."

--Melissa Weiss

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